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Interead COOL-ER Reader review

£189 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Interead

Our Rating: We rate this 3 out of 5

Interead's COOL-ER Reader is an interesting e-book reader device that's stylish and practical and offers a wide range of support for both open and DRM (digital rights managed) books.

Interead's COOL-ER eBook Reader is an interesting e-book reader device that's stylish and practical and offers a wide range of support for both open and DRM (digital rights managed) books.

"It's about more than just a tech reader," said Phil Wood, Interead's Marketing Director, of the COOL-ER Reader.

"It's about making reading cool. [The COOL-ER Reader is] a product that a kid can use without being made fun of for reading a book."

Shall we tactfully say that the design nods towards that of a famous music player? Indeed, many people have asked us if the COOL-ER Reader is a new iPod - perhaps a comically large one. This is in itself no bad thing (albeit a tad shameless) but when you start to use the device it's clear that this isn't an Apple production.

The wheel on the lower right of the COOL-ER Reader is not a scroll-wheel. Instead it is the more traditional up, down, left, and right variety. A central button acts to select options and on the left side is a back button (along with buttons to rotate the screen, access menus, and a quick access button to music). On the right hand side of the device are volume control rand on the top is an On/Off button and an SD Card socket.

COOL-ER Reader

We found the COOL-ER Reader's practice of switching off (versus having a lock button) odd on a device that doesn't use power when in use. On the upside it has enough power for 8,000 page turns on a single charge, more than enough to keep you going through several books.

The COOL-ER Reader's SD socket is largely superfluous. The device comes with 1GB of memory and with the average book taking up less than 1MB of space you can easily fit roughly 1,000 books on the device. Not that we managed to get anywhere near that amount on it for testing.

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COOL-ER Ebook Scores 8.1 out of 10 based on 12 reviews
6in screen
170dpi
E Ink Vizplex
Linux
1GB storage
128MB memory
Samsung S3C2440 ARM 400MHz
Li-Polymer battery (1000mAh)
SD Card (up to 4GB) slot
Windows PC/Mac support
supports: PDF, EPUB, FB2, RTF, TXT, HTML, PRC, JPG, MP3
Easy Switch Landscape/Portrait Options
183x118x11mm
178g
  • Overall: We give this item 6 of 10 overall

The COOL-ER Reader is a good, if not perfect, electronic reader. It can store a large quaintly of books and read a wide variety of formats. And Interead has wisely hooked up with Adobe Digital Editions to bring an official bookstore capacity to the device. We have concerns over the build quality though, and Interead would do well to source some better quality components and thicker plastic. We’d also like it to eject properly from the Mac desktop and we just feel these devices are too expensive in the mass market (although that applies to all electronic book readers). But it’s a competent product for reading books.

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